New Country, New House, New Home-Prettifying Solutions

August 2016 – We shifted from India to Sri Lanka. We left our family, friends, people and house to experience a new culture, a new country. Colombo is beautiful. It is much more organized, clean and green than Delhi NCR. There are broad walkways for pedestrians, something me and my husband missed terribly in India. Surprisingly,…

Ceramics: Another Beautiful Chapter in My Art & Craft Journey

“I want to try everything, I want to try even though I may fail.” Yet another art form that I wanted to learn. ‘Try everything’ is the mantra. I have always loved ceramics. So should I try my hand at it? Hell. yes!!! Andddd, here I am with my first ever stoneware wheel-work! How about hand-work? Of…

The Mesmerizing Murals of Ramgarh

Homeprettifiers for me has so far been about interiors. But recently I visited a small town in Rajasthan, Ramgarh, that broadened my horizon and introduced me to the other side of pretty homes – its exteriors. Ramgarh is in the Shekhawati region, also known as the open art gallery of India. In the 19th century, this area  attracted…

The Dancing Shadows: From Empty Jam Jar to Candleholder

Those of us who love jams, definitely have these empty glass jars at home. We hardly dispose them off and often make them a part of our kitchen storage space. Well, here is a common, yet interesting way of reusing them – as Candle-holders. We all love these little “red flowers” that brighten our houses,…

Decoupage: From Boring Tin to Vintage Box

Gone are the days when I was gifted new things. These days I am more happy receiving waste material. This empty tin box was my share of the last shopping we did. While experimenting, I failed to paint the box without spoiling it one way or the other. Lack of perfection gave me the idea of creating…

Art Blossoms with Age: 3D Origami by a Fellow Prettifier

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso While I can just hope that as I age, I do not lose the art of imagination, I know a lady who has kept the artist in her alive even at the age of 65. She is my…

Mediterranean Memories: From Waste Wood to PhotoFrame

While cleaning my balcony the other day, I saw this waste piece of wood.It was love at first sight. I could only imagine one thing being made out of it-  a blue photoframe! Yes, blue. I always wanted a blue, wooden photorame. And I knew I would make it on my own; I just did not know…

Avoiding Side Effects of Facebook

I have a love-hate relationship with facebook. While I hate the run for likes and shares, which should never be my motive of sharing my work on the platform, I must say that I am not very good at avoiding the trap of this number game. I realized, not only this, facebook has one more side effect…

Frame of flowers from fellow prettifier

The world is full of amazingly creative homeprettifiers. Often their creativity remains hidden in private spaces of their homes or offices. But every now and then it shines through, either in get-togethers at home or on whatsapp groups in this case. Recently, I shared this blog with my friends on a whatsapp group. We got talking. Soon…

Chaos Served on Plate

I had a cracked plate, which I wanted to convert into a wall hanging. I always imagined the wall hanging to have a string of flowers on its circumference and stuff like that. But when I started work on it, I was not in the best of my moods – to put it bluntly, I…

Absolut Bright

If you have beautiful empty glass bottles at home and think about converting them into lampshades, then we think alike. But the tricky part for me was, if I do not wish to buy ready-made shades, how do I make them? Finally, seem to have found a simple, pretty solution. I take pride in introducing the…

The Floating Bloom: Origami Flower Ball from Waste Paper

So here I am, upcycling waste magazines to create these beautiful origami flower balls. Kid you not, this looks simple, but needs a lot of time and effort. However, the end result is so beautiful and satisfying, that you will never regret the hardwork😀    

Scribble #2

Here I am. This is me!!🙂 Another piece of work that I did last year and there is no reason I should have waited so long to share it with you — you, yes you….someone out there must be reading my precious posts😛 Jinxie (my husband) drew many random lines on a sheet of paper as one…

How to use diwali fairy lights?

I love lights, especially dim lights. Correct lighting can drastically change the look of a house. I personally find my house a much calmer place with lamp shades all around and music that matches/dominates my mood. When I have a get-together at my house, white tube-lights are a complete no-no. I just switch on all the…

Scribble #1: hum.AN.imal

A post after sooo long! I was on a vacation since November 2015. Travelling to various places in India on weekends until Christmas, after which I visited Australia (including Tasmania). While I am still in Australia, am now back to both office work and my art/craft. This series of random art started as a game…

Paper lantern from fellow prettifier

Paper Lantern 16 October 2015. Tajinder Kaur This is the first guest post on homeprettifiers and the guest being my mom makes it all the more special. After all, she is the source of my creative genes. She visited me 2 days back. Seeing all the craft material lying around and keeping the spirit of…

Crafty Diwali

Home-made Candle Use any broken glass or cup at your home to create this beautiful DIY candle. Material Required: Left-over candles, crayons to color, candle wick, a glass container and any material to decorate the container. Steps: 1. Melt candle wax along with half a crayon of any color you want. To melt wax use…